6 Ways to Speak to 2017

c333d6yehi0-aaron-burden“Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”” [Ezekiel‬ ‭37:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬]

2017 will bring all kinds of experiences and situations to our door. We cannot control what comes but we can control how we react to them and how we approach them.

We can make great decisions. We can remove distractions. We can build better friendships. But one thing has greater power. The power of life and death is in the words we speak. Don’t throw away phrases without a care. They make an difference.

So, let’s prophesy over it. Speak to those ‘dry bones’, those barren and dusty parts of your life. The power of life and death is in the words we speak. God created when he spoke. Don’t throw phrases out without a care. Speak carefully and thoughtfully over the next 12 months.

Speak love. 

Speak encouragement. 

Speak faith. 

Speak life. 

Speak the promises of God. 

Speak hope. 

Prophesy into the future. Speak the good things of God over you, your family and your future. When we do this I believe we set ourselves up for a God-filled, faith-filled, miracle-filled future.

Words

Words are important. We use somewhere between 10000-25000 each day. All kinds of words too. Words of encouragement, love, appreciation, thanks, honour, fun stuff, decision making, alongside plenty of general nonsense and whether we like to admit it or not there’s possibly a whole bunch of unkind, harsh, bitter, angry and downright rude words too.

They can be our salvation. They can be our damnation.

Jesus said that there are two key things that impact words we speak…our minds and our heart.

Too often our minds are like snake pits. Full of venom, full of nastiness, full of foul and mindless comments. Such can only produce rubbish.

In addition, our hearts demonstrate to others what’s really going on inside of us. When we are pushed or provoked how we respond reveals out heart and what it’s full of.

As we walk with God, let us consider the words we use. Even those throw-away comments. Are they life giving? Are they encouraging? Are they positive? Are they honouring to the God we serve?

You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation. [Matthew 12:34-37]

How About an Inventory of Our Mouth?

Might seem like an odd thing to do but here is a challenge for all of us – to take time out and think about all that comes out of our mouths. I dare you to give it a try. Maybe this list of the types of words can help us in our thinking…

  • Words of affirmation?
  • Words of encouragement?
  • Words of love, kind thoughts, helpfulness?
  • Words of comfort and peace?
  • Words of life?
  • Words of worship and adoration to our God?
  • Words of criticism?
  • Words of negativity?
  • Words of anger, obscenity, put downs?
  • Words of gossip, untruths, lies?
  • Words of hatred and disgust toward people?
  • Words of unnecessary opinion?

One thing that definitely becomes evident the more I read the gospels and observe Jesus, he was keen for people to know that if they label themselves as Kingdom people then every aspect of their life should line up with that,  including the words that come out of a persons mouth.

I wonder if I was really honest what percentage of my words fall into the first bunch rather than the second? I’m hoping that it would favour the more positive ones but some days, maybe not. How about you? Are we too quick sometimes to comment? Too quick to share an opinion? Too quick to think more highly of ourselves than we should? Maybe less quick to praise, encourage and support? Slower to just say nothing.

Jesus put it like this…

How can you speak good things when you are evil (wicked)? For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man from his inner good treasure FLINGS forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse FLINGS forth evil things [Matthew 12:34-35]

Whichever side we lean more towards in respect of what we FLING from our mouths let’s work hard to keep improving and to make sure it is GOOD STUFF. Based on the words of Jesus the only way to ensure that this happens is to not only monitor what comes out but just as important is to monitor what goes in. Good words come from a heart full of good things. Eventually what is in our hearts will get the opportunity to FLING itself out of our mouths. If we want to be people known for GOOD WORDS then we have to remain diligent in filling our hearts with GOOD THINGS first.

It is a challenge but just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it

[These are just my thoughts. What do you think? Leave a comment & let me know]

Be a Conversational Architect [1]

Thought I might share some thoughts from my preach on Sunday…
In becoming a conversational architect we have know that who we are is important, but should not underestimate the value of how we are perceived.

Conversations lead to relationships and relationships lead to affinity. Affinity is a great word…
…to have affinity with another means to have a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing or idea
…whenever we have a conversation or make a comment via our social media outlets we are giving people opportunities to have affinity with us or not
…the choice they make will be based on what they know about us and our existing affinities

We need to remember that what we say is coloured by many things…
…our family background
…our experiences
…our love for God
…our ministry team
…our connection with Xcel Church

These known affinities determine peoples view of us and then influence how they receive what we say. Making sure our words and actions match up becomes more important otherwise we discredit ourselves and it may never get the opportunity to be heard on more important matters. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13 – even if I speak eloquently but don’t speak from a position of love then I am nothing more than a loud noise. [1 Cor 13:1]

If life change happens in relationships, then we must develop some relational collateral. We need to become architects in our conversations. To not consider this way is to be naive, if not worse. Want to lose your influence and integrity…then never think about what you are saying or how others might receive it.